Now entering our 10th year!


welcome to boldface, the only conference in the U.S.A. dedicated to emerging writers.

join us in May for an event like no other.  Experience daily workshops, readings, craft talks, social events and professionalism panels in an intimate and supportive environment designed specifically with the needs of emerging writers in mind.

boldface is hosted by Glass Mountain, the University of Houston’s undergraduate literary magazine, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2017.   This gives us unique insights into the needs and issues facing emerging writers in today’s challenging literary environment.

attendees are invited to enter their work to the Robertson Prize – a competition specifically for Boldface attendees.   You can check out the 2017 Conference’s award winning entries in Volume #19 of  Glass Mountain Magazine on sale here through Submittable.  Glass Mountain also accepts independent submissions all year long, and publishes each Spring and Fall.



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want to know what happens at Boldface?  Whet your appetite with a look at our 2017 Boldface Program, meet our 2017 Faculty,  and make plans to join us in May 2018.

Conference Dates:

May 21 – 25, 2018      | MD Anderson Library, University of Houston

Jan 3 – Apr 25, 2018    | Early Bird Registration 

from Apr 26, 2018      | Regular Registration

Boldface 2018 Rates

Date Student Community Member
January 1 – April 25 $195 $295
April 26 – May 14 $295 $395
May 15 – May 23 $395 $495

Sign up during our Early Bird registration to take advantage of our lowest rates.

For Group Registration, or to claim a Scholarship or Competition Winner’s Prize please email our Boldface Coordinator, Josie Mitchell at

See you in May!

2017 Robertson Literary Prizes

Announcing our Winners

Poetry | Winner: Clarity Lim’s “How to Eat”

Runner up: Emily Shearer’s “Ars Poetica”

Fiction| Winner: Victoria Hodge Lightman’s “Tales: Some True, Some Not”

Runner up: Yanis Bratlien’s “Two Days Until the Death of Smail Benflis”

Congratulations to our winners,! Read their winning entries in Glass Mountain Volume #19, out NOW